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SOUTHERN VIRGINIA HyperFEST—Alton FLOAT BUGGS ISLAND LAKE (CLARKSVILLE): SAM DEAN / SOUTH BOSTON: SARAH HAUSER SOUTHERN VIRGINIA 110 Buggs Island Lake—Clarksville RACE Get your adrenaline pumping in Virginia’s Racing Region – boasting six speedways and raceways for super fans and families alike! The historic Martinsville Speedway has hosted the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for 50 years and offers some of the most exciting races around. Also notable to NASCAR history, South Boston Speedway, “America’s Hometown Track” since 1957, offers plenty of excitement and affordable family entertainment – right where racing greats like Ward and Jeff Burton got their start. While you’re in the area, cruise on down to VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), a “motorsport resort,” where racing fans can also enjoy on-site lodging, plus fun activities like skeet shooting, off-road racing, go-karts and more. STROLL South Boston From boutiques and restaurants to farmers markets and historic districts, designated Main Street communities are perfect for an easy day out and about. In Danville, the elegant Millionaires Row showcases gorgeous Victorian, Edwardian, Romanesque and Gothic Revival architecture, built by 19th-century tobacco and textile barons. Also shaped by its significant role in the tobacco industry, South Boston’s downtown is best explored on foot via a Historic District Walking Tour. And when visiting Martinsville, be sure to explore the Fayette Street Historic District, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, which developed as a vibrant cultural center for the African-American community from 1900 to the mid-20th century. GAZE The Milky Way has never looked more beautiful than when viewed from Staunton River State Park! Designated as an International Dark Sky Park, exceptionally dark evenings allow star gazers to be completely enveloped by nature as they take in the night sky. LOVE Put a little LOVE in your heart and hit the road to discover several LOVEworks throughout the region in Emporia, Brunswick, South Hill, Boydton, Chase City, Clarksville, South Boston, Danville, Chatham and Martinsville. Don’t forget to hashtag #LOVEVA as you make memories and share the love! A L E X WO N G Offering quaint American Main Street communities, a distinctive local culinary scene and a plethora of outdoor activities, SOUTHERN VIRGINIA invites travelers to immerse themselves in the heart of the region’s rich culture. Scenic byways and classic country roads connect beautiful State Parks and attractions, while three major speedways and numerous raceways bring highspeed thrills to “Virginia’s Racing Region.” The Southern Virginia Wild Blueway, made up of the Dan, Staunton and Banister rivers, flows right into Buggs Island Lake - the state’s largest – so you can indulge in your favorite water activities or join one of their many state and national fishing tournaments. Or head to Occoneechee State Park, offering waterfront access and a marina with year-round boat and kayak rentals. Be sure to save the date for Clarksville’s Virginia Lake Festival in July, complete with music, hot air balloons and an incredible fireworks show on the water. VIRGINIA .ORG 111 q u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c $ P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT Grove Street Cemetary 940 Grove St., 434-7935644; danville-va.gov/ documentcenter/home/ view/2286. Established in 1827. Early Danville families and slaves, some Confederates. bjI Victoria 29 15 360 Red Oak 220 29 Martinsville Axton 360 South Boston ALTON VIRginia International Raceway 1245 Pine Tree Rd., 434-822-7700; virnow.com. America’s motorsport resort, 3.27-mile road course. Country club, hotel, restaurant. $bj AXTON Lake Sugar Tree Motor Sports Park 400 Movie Mover E, 276-650-1158; lakesugartree.com. Oldest professional motorcross track in Virginia. Open to public. $bj Smith River Sports Complex 1000 Irisburg Rd., 276-638-5200; smithriversportscomplex.com. Tournaments, walking trails, river access and events. bjI BASSETT Bassett Historical Center 3964 Fairystone Park Hwy., 276-629-9191; bassetthistoricalcenter.com. Genealogical facility with collection of area artifacts, family, local, regional and Virginia history. bI Philpott Lake and Dam 1058 Philpott Dr., 276-629-2703; visitmartinsville.com/lakes. Scenic overlook, campgrounds and history museum of pristine 3,000-acre lake. bjI Philpott Marina 300 Boat Dock Rd., 276-340-0485; philpottmarina.com. Fuel slip, marina store, boat launch, restroom, picnic area. bjI Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce 8653 U.S. Hwy. 29, 434-836-6990; experiencedpc.com. Offering tourism information for Danville and Pittsylvania County. 112 15 58 58 Danville BLAIRS Chase City Clarksville BOYDTON Mecklenburg County Tourism Office 350 Washington St, 434-738-6191; visitmeckva.com. More of What Matters - More Mecklenburg. #moremeckbj Historic Boyd Tavern 449 Washington St., 434-738-9800; boydtavern.net. Historic stagecoach stopover owned by Alexander Boyd. Tavern open for tours 11am4pm, Wednesday-Friday. Historic Boydton Walking Tour 461 Madison St.; boydton.org. An array of different architectural styles and vintage buildings. bj John H. Kerr Lake and Reservoir/Buggs Island Lake 1930 Mays Chapel Rd., 434-738-6143; clarksvilleva. com/recreation/on-the-lake. 50,000 acres of fresh water & 800 miles of shoreline. bj Tanner Enviromental Education Center 5164 Buggs Island Rd., 434-738-6143; tinyurl.com/jhkerr. Kerr Lake wildlife and ecology exhibits, including some live. Tobacco Heritage Trail - Boydton 564 Washington St., 434-447-7101; tobaccoheritagetrail.org. New 1.1 mile scenic trail through Boydton and surrounding countryside. Boydton Plank Road Historic Site 290 Hull St., 434-738-6344; boydton.org. Site of failed plank road that would have connected Southern Va tobacco fields to Richmond. BROOKNEAL Red Hill - Patrick Henry Memorial 1250 Red Hill Rd., 434-376-2044; redhill.org. The last home of patriot Patrick Henry, Virginia’s first governor. $b South Hill Welcome Center at Bracey VG 85 58 Emporia La Crosse Boydton Red Hill-Patrick Henry National Memorial 1250 Red Hill Rd., 434-376-2044; redhill.org. Henry’s home, grave, museum. Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm, NovemberMarch until 4pm. $bjI CHARLOTTE COURT HOUSE Charlotte County Visitors Center 125 David Bruce Ave., 434-542-5117; charlotteva.com. Visit beautiful Charlotte County! Central High Museum 515 Thomas Jefferson Hwy., 434-542-4699; charlotteva. com. Museum highlighting African-American education and achievement in Charlotte County. Charlotte County Courthouse 145 David Bruce Ave., 434-542-5117; charlotteva.com. 1823 Thomas Jefferson courthouse located in a beautiful historic district. b Museum of Charlotte County 129 David Bruce Ave., 434-542-5117; charlotteva.com. Permanent exhibit highlights statesmen Patrick Henry, John Randolph and David Bruce. CHASE CITY MacCallum More Museum & Gardens 603 Hudgins St., 434-372-0502; mmmg.org. Botanical, imported statues, Native American artifacts, art, cultural events, historical. $bj Thyne Institute Memorial 30935 Hwy. 49.Civil Rights site memorializing influential African-American boarding school. 95 Virginia Tourism Corporation Mile Marker 1, I-85 Northbound Bracey 23919 434-689-2295 Welcome Center at Skippers VG Virginia Tourism Corporation Mile Marker 0, I-95 Northbound Skippers 23879 434-634-4113 CHATHAM Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex 19783 U.S. Hwy. 29 S., 434-432-8026; oldedominionagriculturecomplex. com. Home to the Tobacco Museum, Farmers’ Market and agricultural offices. bI Reid Street Gallery 24 Reid St., 434-433-2264; reidstreetgallery.com. Art gallery, representing local/ regional/southern artists and gift shop. bjI Simpson Funeral Museum 16 South Main St., 434-432-1085; simpsonfuneralmuseum.com. Antique hearse, coffin and casket displays, murals and regalia galore. bI CLARKSVILLE Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce 105 Second St., 434-374-2436; clarksvilleva.com. Offering information and directions to area attractions and events. bj Buffalo Lithia Springs 311 Buffalo Springs Rd. Active, drinkable lithia mineral springs memorializing the popular 1800’s resort. Clarksville Regional Museum 801 West St., 434-374-4434; clarksvilleregionalmuseum. info. Tobacco room, a Buffalo Lithia Springs room, arrow heads and antique agricultural implements. b Occoneechee State Park 1192 Occoneechee Park Rd., 800-933-7275; virginiastateparks.gov. b Prestwould Plantation 429 Prestwould Dr., 434-374-8672; virginia.org/ listings/culturalheritage/ prestwouldplantation. Built 1794-1795 by Sir Peyton Skipwith. Original furniture and wallpaper. $b DANVILLE VIRGINIA MAIN STREET COMMUNITY Danville Welcome Center 645 River Park Dr., 434-793-4636; playdanvilleva.com. Tourist information, tickets, restrooms, food/drink vending machines. Open 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday. bj AAF Tank Museum 3401 U.S. Hwy. 29B (at city limits), 434-836-5323; aaftankmuseum.com. World’s largest international collection of tank and cavalry artifacts. $b Historic North Theatre 629 North Main St., 434-793-7469; thenorththeatre.com. Main theatre, balcony mini theatre, restaurant/bar, gallery and gift shop. $bI Holbrook-Ross Historic District 975 Main St., 434-793-5644; danvillemuseum.org. African-American professionals’ homes date back to 1880. Walking tour. bjI Langhorne House 117 Broad St., 434-791-2256. Home of the Langhornes, Astors and Gibsons. “Gibson Girl.” b Millionaire’s Row 975 Main St., 434-793-5644; danvillemuseum.org. Enjoy viewing Victorian homes as you walk down Main Street. bjI River District of Danville 111 Main St., 434-791-0210; danvilleriverdistrict.com. Historic downtown includes riverwalk, shopping, restaurants, breweries and murals. bjI DRAKES BRANCH Drakes Branch Museum 4849 Main St., 434-568-3091; charlotteva.com. Museum showcasing railroad, industry and tobacco markets of centuries past. EMPORIA Yates Tavern U.S. Hwy 29 S, 434-432-2790; pittsylvaniahistoricalsociety. org/sites_yates. Built around 1750, only dwelling in Virginia with Elizabethan/Tudor overhangs. b HALIFAX Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce 400 Halifax St., 434-634-9441; emporiagreensvillechamber. com. Offering tourism information for the Emporia and Greensville County area. L.E. Coleman African-American Museum Rt. 360, 434-572-2543; discoverhalifaxva.com. Preserving African-American history in Halifax county. Open Saturday 10am-2pm. b Village View Mansion 221 Briggs St., 434-594-6810; discoverourtown.com. Historic furnishings reflect the rural family life of Southside Virginia in the 1830s. b KENBRIDGE FIELDALE Textile Heritage Trail 3251 South River Rd., 276-632-8006; visitmartinsville.com/trails. Interpretive walking trail and boardwalk highlights areas history in textiles. bj GRETNA White Fall Farm 6135 Riceville Rd., 434-221-4993; whitefallfarm.com. Farm tours, pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hay bale castle, farm animals. bj Civil War Wilson-Kautz Raid Tour St. John’s Church, corner of Broad & Shade Sts., 434-696-2546; civilwartraveler.com. Part of a self-guided driving tour following the Raid’s locations. b Fifth Avenue Historic District 100-500 Blocks East Fifth Ave., 434-696-2546; lunenburgva.org. 1875-1975 buildings - visit town hall, park and farmers market. b LAWRENCEVILLE Brunswick Byways Visitor Center 13516 Christanna Hwy., 434-848-2728; brunswickco.com. Offering information and directions to area attractions and events. Brunswick Chamber of Commerce 400 North Main St., 434-848-3154; brunswickchamber.com. Enjoy natural surroundings, historical sites, antique shopping and of course, BRUNSWICK STEW! Brunswick County Museum 228 Main St., 434-848-2728; brunswickco.com. Indian relics, Fort Christianna items, open for private tours. Brunswick Lake County Pond Rd., 434-848-2728; brunswickco.com. Call for more information. 150-acre lake, boat ramp, fishing. bj James Solomon Russell/Saint Paul’s College Museum and Archives 219 North Main St., 434-848-2173; firstname.lastname@example.org. Open by appointment. Artifacts, photographs and records pertaining to James Solomon Russell, who was born into slavery. Lake Gaston I-85 and U.S. 1, 434-848-2728; brunswickco.com. A 20,000-acre lake, 350 miles of shoreline. Fishing, boating, swimming. j Fort Christanna Route 46/Christanna Hwy. 434-848-2728; brunswickco.com. Archeological site, first Indian school founded by Governor Spotswood. b LUNENBURG Lunenburg County Courthouse 11435 Courthouse Rd., 434-696-2546; lunenburgva.org. One of only four Jeffersonian courthouses in Virginia. bI MARTINSVILLE VIRGINIA MAIN STREET COMMUNITY Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center VG 191 Fayette St., 276-632-8006; visitmartinsville.com. Iconic half-mile track is a NASCAR classic for over 70 years. Gifts, self-guided tours. bjI Beaver Creek Reservoir 600 Redskin Dr., 276-656-5179. 175 aces offers fishing, boating and picnicking. Canoes available for rent. Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail 220 Doyle St., 276-634-4640; visitmartinsville.com/trails. 4.5-miles paved historic rail trail. bj Ascension Lutheran Church Chrismons Tree 314 West Main St., 434-792-5795; chrismon.org. Plan your visit via the web or email, chrismon@gamewood. net. b Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History 975 Main St., 434-793-5644; danvillemuseum.org. Tour 1859 Sutherlin Mansion, Civil War exhibits and art galleries. $bI Danville Science Center 677 Craghead St., 434-791-5160; dsc.smv.org. Hands-on exhibits, digital dome shows, butterfly garden and special programs. $bI Danvillian Gallery 210 North Union St., 434-792-1860. Monthly showing of local, regional and international visual artists’ work. bI Green Hill Civil War Cemetary 761 Lee St., 434-7935644; danville-va.gov/ documentcenter/home/ view/2287. 1,158 Union and 400 Confederate soldiers buried. Prominent Danville citizens. bj VIRGINIA .ORG 113 SOUTHERN VIRGINIA SOUTHERN VIRGINIA g VG M E E T S E N V I R O N M E N TA L S TA N D A R D S O F T H E V I R G I N I A G R E E N P R O G R A M b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y $ P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W SOUTHERN VIRGINIA u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT Fayette Area Historical Initiative African-American Museum 211 West Fayette St., 276-732-3496; fahimuseumva.org. Local African-American history celebrated through exhibits, lectures and performances, by appointment. b The Little Post Office 207 Starling Ave., 276-632-3221; piedmontarts.org. Historic 1893 postal distribution center now houses exhibits and events. b Martinsville Speedway 340 Speedway Rd., 877-722-3849; martinsvillespeedway.com. Historic half-mile track is a NASCAR classic. Gifts, selfguided tours. bI Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center and Museum 1 East Main St., 276-403-5361; mhchistoricalsociety.org. This 1824 courthouse houses a museum and hosts special events. bI Piedmont Arts 215 Starling Ave., 276-632-3221; piedmontarts.org. Galleries exhibiting acclaimed regional and national artists and performing arts. bI Stonehaus Farms 59 Forsythia Dr., 276-957-4656; stonehausfarms.net. Farm tours, cheesemaking and fiber arts classes. Event venue available. By appointment. $b Uptown Connection Trail & Park 101 Depot St., 276-634-2545; visitmartinsville.com/trails. Connects Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail to Historic Uptown. bjI SCOTTSBURG RANDOLPH Staunton River Battlefield State Park 1035 Fort Hill Trl., 800-933-7275; virginiastateparks.gov. bj Staunton River State Park VG U.S. 360 to Rt.344, 10 miles to park, 800-933-7275; virginiastateparks.gov. $bI RAWLINGS SOUTH BOSTON Lake Pheonix One Quarry Ln., 804-716-2199; lake-phoenix.com. “The clearest lake from Maine to Florida for scuba diving!” Featuring diving & camping. VIRGINIA MAIN STREET COMMUNITY South Boston-Halifax County Visitor Center 1180 Bill Tuck Hwy., 434-572-2543; discoverhalifaxva.com. Motorsports, rivers, antiques, recreation, state parks, history, birding trail and art. bjI bj RIDGEWAY Infinity Acres Alpaca Farm & Petting Ranch VG 136 Joppa Rd., 276-358-2378; infinityacres.org. Alpaca farm, petting ranch, pony rides, gift shop, tours, camps, by appointment. $bj Cage’s Sculpture Farm Hwy. 854, Cage Trl., 434-572-2543; discoverhalifaxva.com/cage. An outdoor museum of Bob Cage’s internationally recognized modern sculpture. bj Lee Ford Camp 4248 Lee Ford Camp Rd., 276-634-2910. A 17-acre camp with a 1.5-acre lake, several picnic areas, lodging and a climbing/rappelling tower. Crossing of the Dan 700 Bruce St., 434-572-2543; discoverhalifaxva.com. Exhibit masterful military maneuver hastening the defeat of the British. bI Mountain Laurel Trails 361 Mountain Laurel Trl., 276-340-9144; visitmartinsville.com/trails. Facility offers eight miles of scenic mountain biking trails. bj The Prizery 700 Bruce St., 434-572-8339; prizery.com. Community fine and performing arts theater. bI South Boston Speedway 1188 James D. Hagood Hwy., 434-572-4947; southbostonspeedway.com. NASCAR short track action, with modern facilities and family fun. $bjI Richard P. Gravely, Jr. Nature Preserve 2525 Eggleston Falls Rd., 276-634-4640; visitmartinsville.com/trails. Interpretive trail, historic buildings and cemetery dating back to 1800s. bj The Sustainable Homestead Institute 190 Eastridge Rd., 276-226-9104. Learn what it takes to create self-enriching abundant agricultural systems through environmental connection and ancestral skill immersion. More miles OF SHORELINE Uptown Pinball 35 East Church St., 276-224-7139; facebook.com/uptownpinball. Arcade, Laser tag, Video Game Lounge and more! bI South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Art and History 1540 Wilborn Ave., 434-572-9200; sbhcmuseum.org. Exhibits of antiques, works of arts significant to the region. bI Southern Virginia Wild Blueway 434-572-2543; sovawildblueway.com. Amazing scenery, world-class fishing and miles of pure paddling adventure. Tobacco Heritage Trail Railroad Ave., 434-572-2543; oldhalifax.com/county/ railstotrails. 160 miles of recreation corridors for hiking, biking, horseback riding. Ballad Brewing—Danville bj SOUTH HILL South Hill Tourist Information Center 201 South Mecklenburg Ave., 434-447-4547; southillchamber.com. Open daily 9am-4pm. bjI The Colonial Center 220 South Mecklenburg Ave., 434-262-4170. One of the few remaining vaudeville theatres of its era in Virginia. MondayFriday 8:30am-4:30pm. Lake Gordon Boat Dock Rd., 434-447-4547. 157-acre public fishing lake with shore and unpowered boat access. South Hill Model Railroad Museum 201 South Mecklenburg Ave., 434-447-4547; southhillchamber.com. Daily 9am-4pm. Replica Atlantic and Danville Railroad circa 1955. Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Virginia 306 West Main St., 434-447-2551; southhillchamber.com. Offers displays on the production of tobacco from seed to market. bI bI Tobacco Heritage Trail 200 South Mechlenburg Ave., 434-448-7101; tobaccoheritagetrail.org. This Southern Virginia rail-trail can be traveled on horse, bicycle or foot. Virginia’s Only Lakeside Town Nestled on Virginia’s Largest Lake – Kerr Lake, also known as Buggs Island RINGGOLD SPENCER Spencer-Penn Centre 475 Spencer-Penn Rd., 276-957-5757; thecentreatspencerpenn.com. Fun seasonal events, monthly bluegrass music, meeting space, historic building. bI VALENTINES Valentines Post Office 23 Manning Dr., 434-848-2728; brunswickco.com. Established 1887. Famous for annual “Valentines” post mark. Closed Sunday. b VICTORIA Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail People’s Community Center, 1021 Tidewater Ave., 434-696-2456; varetreat.com/civilrights.asp. Second location at Matthew’s Lutheran Church Christian Day School. b Victoria Railroad Park and Trail 6th St. and Firehouse Rd., 434-696-2343; victoriava. net. Walking, biking and equestrian trail, restored Virginian caboose/equipment, geocaching. bI more play time than travel time. than Highway. South Boston LOVEWork Virginia Museum of Natural History 21 Starling Ave., 276-634-4141; vmnh.net. Exhibits, children’s “Discovery Reef”, research laboratories, educational programs and festivals. $bI Ringgold Rail Trail & Depot 155 Ringgold Depot Rd., 434-432-7736; pittsylvaniacountyva.gov/479/ ringgold-rail-trail. Scenic rail trail following the historic Richmond and Danville railroad. bj Whether you’re here for a romantic getaway, A Relaxing Getaway in Lake Country a family vacation or a sportsman’s weekend, Virginia’s you’ll ﬁnd plenty to enchant you in Clarksville! Explore small-town charm and outdoor recreation in the beautiful area around HOME OF THE ANNUAL VIRGINIA LAKE FESTIVAL 114 OMER Go Online for Your FREE Guide LakeCountryGuide.org More of what matters. More Mecklenburg. visitmeckva.com | #moremeck ClarksvilleOnTheLake.com · ClarksvilleVa.com RYA N T R A P P C There is so much to explore in Mecklenburg County, including Virginia’s largest lake with over 850 miles of scenic shoreline. There’s a peaceful cove and a secret fishing spot waiting just for you. 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